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Fleeing the Ratpac: James Packer, Gambling and Hollywood

Wednesday, 26 April 2017, 11:00 am | Binoy Kampmark

To tabloid filled US audiences, Australia’s billionaire and casino mogul, James Packer, has tended to be associated more with having a hand on Maria Carey’s voluptuousness than decent deals and sound business prowess. More >>

An post-Christian Middle East with or without ISIS?

Wednesday, 26 April 2017, 10:51 am | Franklin Lamb

“Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? (My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?)” are reputedly among Jesus’ last words on the Cross at Calvary. Today Christ’s words can be said to apply to all Christians in the Middle East who in this birthplace ... More >>

How U.S. Race Laws Inspired Nazis - David Swanson

Wednesday, 26 April 2017, 10:41 am | David Swanson

James Q. Whitman's new book is called Hitler's American Model: The United States and the Making of Nazi Race Law. It is understated and overdocumented, difficult to argue with. No doubt some will try. More >>

Korea : Challenge and Response - Rene Wadlow

Wednesday, 26 April 2017, 10:31 am | Rene Wadlow

As the professor of economics Milton Friedman wrote “Only a crisis — actual or perceived —produces real change. When the crisis occurs, the actions that are taken depend on the ideas that are lying around. That, I believe, is our basic function: ... More >>

Howard Davis Review: Olivier Assayas' 'Personal Shopper'

Monday, 24 April 2017, 5:18 pm | Howard Davis

Olivier Assayas’ Personal Shopper is stylish, mysterious, and very strange indeed. It manages to be both ghost story and suspense thriller, yet also a portrait of numbed loneliness and ennui , held together by an peculiarly inexpressive performance from ... More >>

Martin Doyle Cartoon: Pyongyang boomerang

Monday, 24 April 2017, 4:43 pm | Martin Doyle

The world has got used to the starving, hugely militarised, sterile police state of North Korea. Its leader Kim Jong Un surrounds himself with grinning sycophants prepared to murder on his behalf. Australia and New Zealand have finally opened their ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on the French election result

Monday, 24 April 2017, 4:11 pm | Gordon Campbell

I t is the safest of safe bets that Emmanuel Macron will be the next President of France. The same French polls that accurately predicted today’s outcome to within one percentage point – right down to detecting Marine Le Pen’s slight fade in ... More >>

PM's Press Conference: Rearranging The Cabinet Chairs

Monday, 24 April 2017, 3:10 pm | Lyndon Hood

The Prime Minister today announced a new cabinet, replacing departing Education Minister Hekia Parata and Foreign Minister Murray McCully, as well as some other changes. The new ministers will be sworn in next Tuesday. The first meeting will be on May ... More >>

The Maverick on Moloka’i - Tulsi Gabbard

Monday, 24 April 2017, 11:16 am | Rosalea Barker

The Maverick from Moloka’i Hawai’i’s pro-Bernie, Assad-dealing Congresswoman meets her public by Rosalea Barker First published on Werewolf More >>

Ten things we've learnt about this year's phones

Sunday, 23 April 2017, 4:33 pm | Digitl

A look at the phones released so far in 2017 and what they tell us about the state of the market: less innovation, more glitter, higher prices More >>

'Opening The Election' Video: Nicky Hager and Mike Joy

Friday, 21 April 2017, 4:30 pm | Opening The Election

Massey University's Dr Mike Joy on promoting science in the face of government spin. Journalist Nicky Hager offered a checklist of issues to promote for an open civil society. More >>

Trump, the DOJ and Julian Assange - Binoy Kampmark

Friday, 21 April 2017, 3:37 pm | Binoy Kampmark

There had been some doubts from initial enthusiasts about WikiLeaks once information from leaks released on its site started puncturing holes in an already worn Democratic campaign in 2016. More >>

International Collaboration to End Violence

Friday, 21 April 2017, 2:04 pm | Robert J. Burrowes

While much of the world is engulfed in violence of one sort or another (whether violence in the home or on the street, exploitation, ecological destruction or war), a global network of individuals and organizations is committed to ending this violence in ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on the snap election in Britain

Friday, 21 April 2017, 11:18 am | Gordon Campbell

S upposedly, Theresa May’s calling of a snap election in Britain is all about ‘getting a mandate’ and ‘leadership’ and other such cant. In fact, the election call is entirely opportunistic and self-serving and will – regardless of the outcome ... More >>

Turkey after the Referendum: The Ongoing Challenges

Thursday, 20 April 2017, 12:55 pm | INSS Insight

The referendum held in Turkey on April 16, 2017 to approve amendments to the constitution – in essence, transition from a parliamentary mode of government to a presidential system, with a limited set of checks and balances between the governing authorities ... More >>

Martin Doyle Cartoon: Getting wasted at Theresa's

Thursday, 20 April 2017, 12:50 pm | Martin Doyle

Theresa May is a novice in the PM role.  Going to the polls so soon after assuming office, especially in the turbulent waters of the current times, is like having a midnight swim with the crocodiles.   Her main rival, Jeremy Corbyn, however, ... More >>

Xero joins Silicon Valley elite as TCV invests

Thursday, 20 April 2017, 12:19 pm | Digitl

Xero has moved one step closer to becoming New Zealand's first global technology giant. More >>

Easter Bunny Hunts and Best Dressed Possum school events

Thursday, 20 April 2017, 11:19 am | Lynley Tulloch

With the last of the chocolate wiped from the mouths of overstuffed children we can now proclaim Easter finished. Yet some of the hypocrisies emerging in the name of this celebration are likely to die hard. Easter is one of the oldest festivals of ... More >>

Cults of Old Age: The Passing of Emma Morano

Thursday, 20 April 2017, 11:14 am | Binoy Kampmark

The novelist Anthony Powell spoke of old age as penalisation for a crime one had not committed. Obviously, not being biblically inclined in that sense, the antics of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden were discounted. More >>

The West Coast – 100 percent pure bliss

Thursday, 20 April 2017, 9:44 am | Make Lemonade

At first glance, the supermarket aisles in Hokitika seem busier than in Auckland – but it’s just that West Coast people like to chat more and catch up unlike Kiwis from, the big smoke. More >>

Jitterati 19.4.17: Soon

Wednesday, 19 April 2017, 3:54 pm | Grant Buist

Jitterati: Soon By Grant Buist 19.4.17 Click for big version. *** More >>

Gordon Campbell on the aged-care settlement

Wednesday, 19 April 2017, 11:46 am | Gordon Campbell

S trange indeed to hear a National Prime Minister not only singing the praises of raising the wages of the lowly paid, but also preaching that this will enable employers to reap future benefits from reduced staff turnover via upskilling their workers ... More >>

Who Will Fill the Intellectual Vacuum in the Arab World?

Wednesday, 19 April 2017, 10:53 am | Ramzy Baroud

Back in the Middle East for a few months, I find myself astounded by the absence of the strong voices of Arab intellectuals. The region that has given rise to the likes of Michel Aflaq, George Habash, Rached al-Ghannouchi, Edward Said and numerous ... More >>

What should NZ do about Syria? - Valerie Morse

Wednesday, 19 April 2017, 10:40 am | Valerie Morse

On 7 April, the US launched 59 cruise missiles into Syrian territory to bomb Shayrat airforce base in response to a chemical weapons attack by Bashar al-Assad on the Syria village of Khan Shaykun. The public and international response to this has ... More >>

PM Press Conference 18/04/17: Pay equity settlement

Tuesday, 18 April 2017, 5:43 pm | Liana Pantaleo

Today the government announced a $2 billion pay equity settlement for health care and support workers. Minister of Health, Hon Dr Jonathan Coleman was present with Prime Minister Bill English to discuss the details. Some of those details include, ... More >>

Martin Doyle Cartoon: YES to Repression

Tuesday, 18 April 2017, 1:28 pm | Martin Doyle

President Erdogan of Turkey has used state apparatus to bully in a sham victory [EVET = yes] in the Referendum to give himself dictatorial powers. Does anyone trust this result? The next 12 years will see an age of repression for Turkey. More >>

Gordon Campbell on the costs of cost-cutting

Tuesday, 18 April 2017, 11:31 am | Gordon Campbell

A s Jesus said, blessed are the poor who almost end up riding in unsafe taxis and school buses, so that others among them may enjoy lower taxes on their investment income. More >>

Taking the Long View: John Key failed coming generations

Tuesday, 18 April 2017, 11:28 am | Gord Stewart

It’s now five months since John Key hastily resigned as prime minister. Some say he vanished without a trace. But that’s not possible when you hold a position of such power and authority for eight years. What you champion, what you block, basically ... More >>

Donald Trump, North Korea and Nuclear Brinkmanship

Tuesday, 18 April 2017, 11:03 am | Binoy Kampmark

Warring toddlers, fanatical children, one-eyed adolescents who confuse noise with constructive contribution - this is the state of the world, with the recent, and ongoing spat chapter of Washington and Pyongyang. More >>

The Rogue State that is the United States of America

Tuesday, 18 April 2017, 10:51 am | Paul Martin

As one more US aircraft carrier steams off to confront the North Koreans and threaten nuclear war once again , it is timely to recall that 60 years ago the United States and its allies (including a very compliant New Zealand) began a genocidal bombing ... More >>

Chechnya and the Situation of Politics - By Lara Romsdal

Tuesday, 18 April 2017, 10:43 am | Lara Romsdal

Today we learnt of Chechnya’s instigation of a concentration camp aimed at focusing known deviants (Homosexuals amongst others) into submission via forced containment. This, supposedly arising out of a predominantly Muslim-oriented country. More >>

Huawei P10 review: A steady-as-you-go upgrade

Monday, 17 April 2017, 6:26 pm | Digitl

An incremental update of last year's P9. The Huawei P10 contains few surprises.  Huawei P10 at a glance For: Camera app well matched with hardware. More >>

The Mother of All Bombs Goes to Afghanistan - Binoy Kampmark

Monday, 17 April 2017, 9:42 am | Binoy Kampmark

These are the times where magnitude and size matters. Bombs in number with much heft and presence are being sought to root out those non-state jihadists of the Prophet, destructively maiming and killing all before them in the name of the next heavily ... More >>

Pompeo, Power and WikiLeaks - Binoy Kampmark

Monday, 17 April 2017, 9:32 am | Binoy Kampmark

“Vested interests deflect from the facts that WikiLeaks publishes by demonizing its brave staff and me.” Julian Assange, The Washington Post , Apr 11, 2017. More >>

Chemical Weapon Use, Destruction of Children, Ethical Vacuum

Monday, 17 April 2017, 9:24 am | Rene Wadlow

The Association of World Citizens calls for the re-affirmation of humanitarian international law. It is a call to the soldiers and militia members in armed conflicts to refuse orders to violate humanitarian international law by refusing to use weapons outlawed ... More >>

Katya Rivas' Passion : The Sorrows of the Virgin Mary

Monday, 17 April 2017, 12:08 am | Katya Rivas

Through till the end of the observance of Lent 2017 Scoop will be publishing a serialisation of Katya Rivas’s “The Passion”. Readers can sign up to receive the serial by email at: . To order a video about Katya’s ... More >>

Katya Rivas' Passion : God The Father

Monday, 17 April 2017, 12:04 am | Katya Rivas

I see My Son, trembling in the shadows of Gethsemane, coming down from Heaven and taking the shape and substance of My creature, who thought and still thinks he can rebel against his Creator. More >>

Dreaming of Coal: Turnbull Goes to India

Sunday, 16 April 2017, 5:11 pm | Binoy Kampmark

This was not a trip of orient driven romance, but one of dull, bottom line economics. Less curry than cabbage; more brown nosing than elevation. Australia's increasingly wooden Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, did not exude colour or charisma as he was ... More >>

Katya Rivas' Passion : The Resurrection of Jesus

Sunday, 16 April 2017, 9:10 am | Katya Rivas

Holy Friday was followed by the glorious dawn of the Sunday of the Resurrection. If I have decided not to destroy the world, it means that I want to renew it and rejuvenate it. The old trees need to lose their leaves and be pruned so that they ... More >>

Katya Rivas' Passion : Jesus Pronounces His Last Words

Friday, 14 April 2017, 12:20 pm | Katya Rivas

My daughter, you have heard and seen My sufferings, accompany Me till the end and share My pain. More >>

2degrees Data Clock sells bytes by the hour

Thursday, 13 April 2017, 6:02 pm | Digitl

Mobile carrier 2degrees now sells data in time blocks as well as by the gigabyte. Data Clock is an app for pre-pay customers to manage time-based data purchases. More >>

Spark, 2degrees unlimited mobile data plans reveal 4G limits

Thursday, 13 April 2017, 6:01 pm | Digitl

2degrees offers what it calls an unlimited mobile data plan . Unlimited in this context doesn't mean no limits. The plan has restrictions. More >>

Don Christie says global IT giants all take, no give

Thursday, 13 April 2017, 5:56 pm | Digitl

Don Christie writes in the New Zealand Herald Global IT companies are taking profit here and putting nothing back : An organisation I co-chair, NZRise, has been looking at the problem. We represent New Zealand owned digital companies who generate jobs ... More >>

Martin Doyle Cartoon: Vile and reptilian attacks

Wednesday, 12 April 2017, 5:34 pm | Martin Doyle

One of the deadliest chemicals in government is ego. It seems that not just President Trump, but several of his Cabinet, are suffering from a bad dose of it even as the world edges towards war. Their timing couldn't be worse. More >>

Jitterati 12.4.17: Something Wicked This Way Comes

Wednesday, 12 April 2017, 5:30 pm | Grant Buist

Easter! Time for… bunnies. More >>

Forced Removal from United Airlines - Binoy Kampmark

Wednesday, 12 April 2017, 4:57 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Flying United Airlines was never a pleasant business. Functional, sterile, with staff more appropriately disposed to a deep freeze morgue than the hot blood of enthusiastic living, the airline was always an entity you wished ill towards, even as the flight ... More >>

Violence & Discrimination against Hijra Community in S. Asia

Wednesday, 12 April 2017, 12:54 pm | Sazedur Rahman

Transgender is used to refer people whose identity, expression differs from their birth sex and who live between or outside a male-female binary [1, 2]. In South Asia transgender people are mostly known as hijra, considered neither man nor woman [3]. ... More >>

Don't Be a United Airlines Passenger - David Swanson

Wednesday, 12 April 2017, 12:47 pm | David Swanson

Do not sit still like a United Airlines passenger in a video when an injustice is happening. If the other passengers had simply blocked the aisles, corporate thugs could not have dragged their fellow passenger away. If everyone on board had demanded ... More >>

Call for Inquiry into Child Rape and Child Abuse

Wednesday, 12 April 2017, 12:45 pm | Ann Thompson

There needs to be a Royal Commission Inquiry in New Zealand for child abuse and child rape in the catholic church orphanages, state homes, institutions, babies taken away from their mothers and sold by church and state, all religious homes and orphanages, ... More >>

Scoop’s Top-5 Crowdsourced Election Topics

Wednesday, 12 April 2017, 9:52 am | Opening The Election

Last Friday Scoop announced the top 5 issues we hope to prioritise for our “Opening The Election” journalism project over the next 5 months. The topics selected by the Scoop community (with % of respondents who agreed) were: More >>

Katya Rivas' Passion : Jesus Is Nailed To The Cross

Wednesday, 12 April 2017, 8:31 am | Katya Rivas

Through till the end of the observance of Lent 2017 Scoop will be publishing a serialisation of Katya Rivas’s “The Passion”. Readers can sign up to receive the serial by email at: . To order a video about Katya’s ... More >>

Joining the War Train: Trump’s Liberal Cheer Leaders

Tuesday, 11 April 2017, 4:05 pm | Binoy Kampmark

At the psychological heart of every liberal is a milk soft tendency to succumb to the authoritarian personality, a feeling that, just around the corner, resistance will fold. Before such authority, adoration and bruising follow in menacing union. More >>

Fred Dagg Discusses All Black Israel Dagg's Ancestry

Tuesday, 11 April 2017, 1:20 pm | Steve Whitehouse

"The only addition I can provide emerges from a conversation I had recently with Owhata Dagg, a cousin of Israel's grandfather, Balfour Dagg." More >>

Top 10 Lies, Damn Lies, and Lies About Syria

Tuesday, 11 April 2017, 12:44 pm | David Swanson

This is not the case. Death and dismemberment are horrific regardless of the weapon. No weapon is being used legally, morally, humanely, or practically in Syria or Iraq. U.S. bombs are no less indiscriminate, no less immoral, and no less illegal than ... More >>

Concerns about balanced reporting on Syria

Tuesday, 11 April 2017, 12:26 pm | Andrew Hubbard

There is yet to be publicly provided one single verifiable shred of evidence that Assad was behind the chemical weapons deaths in Syria. A Syrian aerial bombardment of an acknowledged militant position was followed by civilians apparently dying of ... More >>

Adrian Maidment Cartoon: The Trevs

Tuesday, 11 April 2017, 11:12 am | Adrian Maidment

Adrian Maidment Cartoon: The Trevs *** More cartoons by Adrian Maidment More >>

An Important Message To Professional Users Of Scoop

Tuesday, 11 April 2017, 9:20 am | Alastair Thompson

First, thank you to all our newsagent subscribers and accredited professional organisations. This message is not addressed to you. More >>

Ice and Busts: The Lost War on Drugs in Australia

Monday, 10 April 2017, 5:04 pm | Binoy Kampmark

It was hard to tell whether Australia’s Federal Police authorities, along with their Victorian colleagues, were gloating at their latest effort. Thrilled at the unearthing of a stash of methamphetamine, a form of it colloquially known as ice, ... More >>

PM's Press Conference 10/04/17: Edgecumbe Flooding Update

Monday, 10 April 2017, 4:48 pm | Liana Pantaleo

Today Social Development Minister Anne Tolley joined Prime Minster Bill English to discuss the flooding situation in Edgecumbe. Ms Tolley has been appointed the lead minister to oversee government assistance. The Prime Minister said, a state of local ... More >>

How Israel Understands the Arab Peace Initiative

Monday, 10 April 2017, 2:21 pm | Ramzy Baroud

Once more, the Arab Peace Initiative of 2002 is taking center stage. Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas insisted during his speech before the recently-concluded Arab League Summit in Jordan , that the Initiative is the only solution on the table; ... More >>